By Janice Wee

I love packing for holidays. The challenge is to fit everything you need into that suitcase, being able to close it and getting your luggage within the allowed weight limit. To do that you need to plan you days and bring with you versatile items that preferably can meet more than one need.


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Let’s start with your skincare and makeup.
Essential 1: A Jar of Vaseline
Essential 2: A lipstick in a natural shade

For winter, you need serious moisture. For face, hands, lips and all. You can bring a travel set but if you really are short of space and do not have an acne problem, bring with you a small jar of vaseline instead. You can apply on lips to prevent chapping. Use it on hands and feet to prevent chapping too. Apply a small amount all over your body right after patting yourself dry after a shower to lock in the moisture. If your skin can take it, apply a little all over your face to keep your face from drying. Bring along a lipstick in a rose or coral or peach that flatters you and use that as a cream blush (apply with finger tips) as well as a lipstick. Note: this is only for people who do not break out easily. Avoid using lipstick on cheeks if you are prone to pimples or have oily skin.

Not everyone can take vaseline on the face and lipstick on cheeks. If you can’t get all the skincare and makeup you need from a travel set. If you find the makeup pouch too bulky, you can take the contents out and put them in a compartment in your bag. Or if that makeup pouch is large enough, you can make it double up as hand luggage to carry other essentials you would want easy access to on your journey.

Essential 3: thermal underwear
What to wear? On any winter holiday, regardless of what you wear on the outside, you need thermal underwear to lock in your body heat. Get at least 3 sets and some detergent (in a bottle with screw on cap to avoid leakage) to wash them between each wear. Or if you have no time for laundery, then bring a set for each day of your trip.

Essential 4: Your favourite jeans
Bring at least 2 pairs of jeans. One to wear, the other in the wash. Or your favourite bottom made of denim, wool or a thick, warm material. If you intend to engage in winter sports, get the necessary pants for your sport.

Essential 5: A jersey dress
For times you want dress like a girl, nothing beats a jersey dress. Get warm that is warm and wear tights with your dress to keep your legs from freezing out.

Essential 6: A warm jacket with a touch of fur.
Faux fur or the real thing, You decide. That fur jacket adds a luxurious element to your look. It might get you past that snooty bouncer so your holiday wouldn’t be spoiled because of dress coat rules.

Essential 7:A pair of thick heeled boots.target=”_new”
You might be warm from head to you ankles but if your feet aren’t protected by thick soles from the snow or ice beneath, the cold could make you miserable.

All this is for a casual winter holiday.

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